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99th Year

August 11, 2008

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New Faculty Orientation,
Aug. 18-19

Faculty Conference, Wednesday, Aug. 20

College and Department Faculty meetings, Thursday-Friday, Aug. 21-22

Final day for admissions, Friday,
Aug. 22


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Dr. Lorence serves as advisor, co-author
Dr. Argelia Lorence, Plant Metabolic Engineering, advised graduate student Katherine Lisko of Stuttgart, Ark., who recently accepted the $1,000 IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Dr. Argelia LorenceExcellence (INBRE) Student Travel award in Washington, D.C. Lisko won for her work, co-authored with R. Shea Harris, graduate student in Environmental Science, and Dr. Lorence. Lisko's award-winning paper, "Elevated Vitamin C Enhances Growth, Stress Tolerance, and Phytoremediation Potential in Arabidopsis," was based on research performed in Dr. Lorence's laboratory at ABI. Dr. Lorence engineered plant lines used in the research--lines of the model plant Arabidopsis were engineered to have elevated levels of vitamin C. Dr. Lorence obtained funding for the project through a sub-award from the National Institutes of Health. For details, see the NewsPage release.

Electronic Journal of Integrative Biosciences
ASU's Department of Biological Sciences is harnessing the power of the Internet with its peer-reviewed, open access electronic journal, Electric Journal of Integrative Biosciences. The department launched the journal to promote interdisciplinary approaches to biological problems ranging from the molecular level to the ecological level. The journal's editor-in-chief is Dr. Aldemaro Romero, chair, Biology. The journal is now accepting submissions, and types of articles include "live articles," in which data is fed as the experiments take place, allowing users to log in and see an experiment as it progresses, op-ed pieces on topics related to biological sciences, book reviews, submissions on new centers or institutes, conference papers, and "scholarly skywriting," with interactivity via links to reader comments and discussion forums, and more. The journal's editorial board includes ASU's Dr. James Bednarz, Wildlife Ecology, Dr. Greg Phillips, dean, Colleges of Agriculture, Engineering, and Sciences and Mathematics, Dr. Carole Cramer, ABI, Dr. Steven M. Green, University of Miami, and Dr. Philip J. Regal, emeritus faculty, University of Minnesota. For details, contact Dr. Romero at the Department of Biological Sciences, ext. 3082, or visit the journal online.

Advisors sought for student organizations
ASU's Leadership Center is seeking faculty and/or staff who are willing to serve as advisors to the Golden Key International Honour Society and the ASU Anglers/Collegiate Bass Club. Golden Key is the world’s premier collegiate honor society, recognizing outstanding academic achievement and connecting high-achieving individuals locally, regionally, and globally with lifetime opportunities. Membership is by invitation only. ASU Anglers/Collegiate Bass Club will represent ASU in local, regional, and national events and encourage fellowship between bass fishing students. For details, contact Jerrod O. Lockhart, Leadership Center, ext. 2055.

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